March 7, 2012

Three Wildcats Travel to NCAA Track and Field Championships

Sophomore Jamie Roberts.
Sophomore Jamie Roberts.

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Three Northern Michigan indoor track and field student-athletes are participating in the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato this weekend (Mar. 9-10). Senior Bailey Franklin, redshirt freshman Sherice Hewett and sophomore Jamie Roberts will represent NMU.

Franklin and Roberts are back at Nationals for a second year in a row while Hewett will make her first appearance.

“All three are experienced and can handle pressure at this level,” NMU coach Tom Barnes said. “It's going to be tough competition and they’ll be ready. Everyone is there for a reason and all three have a chance to win their events.”

Franklin will participate in the high jump on Saturday (Mar. 10) afternoon at 1:45 p.m. She is currently ranked third in the nation with her jump of 5 feet, 9.25 inches on Feb. 3 at the Pointer Invitational. Franklin is Northern’s record-holder in the event. Last season she competed in the triple jump and high jump. She was an All-American in the triple jump with a seventh place finish and was 11th in the high jump.

Hewett will participate in the triple jump on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. She is the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NMU record-holder in the event with a jump of 40, feet 2 inches at the conference championship on Feb. 25. Hewett is ranked fifth, heading into the Championship.

Roberts is the second-ranked pole vaulter in the country. She cleared 12, feet 8 inches at the lone home meet, the Northern Challenge, on Feb. 18. Roberts also holds the NMU record in the event and qualified for Nationals for the second year in a row. Women’s pole vault will be on Friday (Mar. 9) at 4:10 p.m.

“I have a great group of assistants that have worked all year with the athletes and have them well prepared,” said Barnes. “Mike Angeli coaches Jamie in the pole vault, Kevin Kean coaches Sherice in the triple jump and Justin Merckx coaches Bailey in the high jump.”

NMU is ranked No. 13 this week by the USTFCCCA. The ‘Cats have moved up in the National rankings each week after starting out at No. 22 in the first 2012 ranking on Jan. 24.

“There are eight teams in the top 20 from the GLIAC and we have the best women’s conference with 54 entries, competing at Nationals,” Barnes added.

Athletes that finish in the top eight are All-Americans and score for their team.

Live results will be available at: http://www.pttiming.com/page/show/474584

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